Air travel cost from Delhi would go up from Tuesday next when higher user development fee (UDF) becomes effective for all domestic and international passengers while departing or arriving at the IGI Airport.
The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) had on April 25 decided to raise airport charges, including UDF, by a whopping 346%for two years, with airlines protesting the move and saying they and the passengers would have to face the brunt of the massive hike.
The AERAís decision has been accepted by the government and notified by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation now, official sources said.
From May 15, a departing international passenger, travelling over 5,000 kms, would have to pay Rs. 1,068 as UDF and an arriving passenger R881.10. For passengers who travel between 2,000 and 5,000 kms, a departing traveller would be paying Rs. 845.50 and an arriving one Rs. 699.17.
The international travellers flying short distances below 2,000 kms, would have to pay R534 for departing from here and
Rs. 436 for arrival.
In the domestic sector, a departing passenger would pay R462.80 for travel over 500 kms and an incoming passenger R391.60. For travel up to 500 kms, a passenger would pay R231.40 and R195.80 for using the airport for departure or arrival.